A look at what's ahead in the World Cup

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Croatia's first female president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's celebratory gestures during her nation's win over Russian Federation in the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi went viral on social media.

"We took the hard route, we were unlucky in previous major tournaments, particularly at Euros, but now we are collecting those debts at the World Cup this year".

You can't reach the last eight of the World Cup if you don't have quality.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has heap praised on Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic on helping him scored a crucial penalty during his side's 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final victory over Russian Federation.

If England's semi-final with Croatia goes to penalties, going second might be the best bet for skipper Harry Kane.

"I've known Luka for a number of years, not only from the national team", Mandzukic told reporters.

Having represented Tottenham before joining Real, Modric said playing England was "always special".

"Not revenge, it's football", he said, adding that he wished Croatia was facing a weaker England team. They scored twice and were better.

For a country like Croatia, with a population of little over four million, to be in the semi-finals of the World Cup is a remarkable achievement.

England is basking in the team s run to the last four of the World Cup as fans start to believe that they can lift the trophy for the first time since 1966. "We want to bring a medal home and see how it shines".

"The Ballon d'Or? I don't think about it at all", Modric said. Yet, that's not the clincher, the Bengaluru huduga also got the player with the most Man of the Match awards in 2018, to offer to take a few selfies with Ravi, where Modric held the phone, and went click-click.

However, with five minutes of extra time left, Russia's defender Mario Fernandes equalized for the hosts, taking the game to penalties.

The gifted Modric and Rakitic were fielded in the center of midfield, with no defensive cover, and there were two wingers in Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic and two center forwards in Manduzkic and Andrej Kramaric. "But we have a lot of good players on the bench who showed they can change the rhythm of the game".

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